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FXstreet.com (Barcelona) - The German DAX 30 (+0.10%), the French CAC 40 (+0.20%) and the Spanish IBEX 35 (+0.38%) move higher on Thursday, while the Italian FTSE MIB falls by -0.43% after the release of contracting Italian industrial orders/sales in November.

The British FTSE 100 moves higher, by +0.56%, despite weaker than expected UK retail sales, which contracted in December (-0.1% vs +0.2% consensus) and eased on the annualized basis (from +0.9% to +0.3% vs +1.1% consensus). Excuding fuel, retail sales fell -0.3% on the month and eased from +2.0% to +1.1% on the year.

Futures for the American S&P 500 and Dow Jones 30 are slightly lower, by -0.04%, while the Nasdaq 100 signals a lower opening by -0.43% ahead of more earnings reports in the US and consumer sentiment data. Indexes remained pretty much unchanged despite stronger than expected GE earnings.
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